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Grand Palace

Currently here in Bangkok, Thailand and I am two nights away from leaving for Malaysia. Bangkok is a kind of city that grows on you. It’s busy, everything is far apart but I definitely love their transportation.

The ferry is the fastest way to go around, and the cheapest way as long as you ride the right express boat that only cost 15 Bahts.

BTS Bangkok ThailandThe trains are great and very convenient as they are intertwined and it’s very easy to change trains to get to your point of destination. A lot of tuktuks are scammers so I don’t recommend them. They will agree to a fare worth 10-20 Bahts. You think you got it cheap but then the tuktuk will take you to certain souvenir shops with low quality products and will force you to buy so the tuktuk drivers will get their commission. So tuktuks are actually a no-no. The taxis are expensive especially during traffics. So the past four days, I did a lot of walking and ferry rides and train rides.

This city makes me miss Cambodia. Siem Reap has the cheapest way of life and I love how I can have a draught beer for $0.50 only. Everything here is pretty much a notch up from my home away from home. A 640ml Chang Beer cost 90 Bahts averaging $3 per beer. Frustrating, I could have 6 beers back home in Siem Reap already. (I’m sorry for ranting about prices, work with me. I am homesick.)

Food TripMeals here starts at 170 Bahts for a main cuisine on the regular Thai restaurant. You can get cheap meals starting at 40 Bahts for street foods. I found my haven in the “Rotee”  Banana Nutella flavor. The cook and his wife make such good team and they are spic and span as well. Photo op for the cooked scorpions, beetles, and other insects cost 10 Baht. I was thinking about trying the scorpion but I’m a coward. Anyway, they also have sweet corn that I love so much but the stall that sells it is not along the Khaosan Road but at the Susie Walking Street which is parallel to Khaosan.

Khao San Road

I must say, Khao San Road is not as lively as my Pub Street. Way of living here is very expensive, and I know it gets more expensive as I go on to my final destination.

Oh, how I miss my heart! I left it in Siem Reap.

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Southeast Asia Backpacking Part 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom

The Angkor Temples of Siem Reap, Cambodia as the first leg of my Southeast Asia Backpacking Trip.

A big trip for a dreamer. I daresay, all dreams come true only if you decide to make it happen. This all started with a Php 99.00 base fare promo to Siem Reap and everything came right after. Booking flights are complicated. Setting out an itinerary is science. Set out your heart and mind as well as plenty of energy and all will come together. A few disappointment along the way but I learned that everything can’t be planned so you just have to deal with it.

Siem Reap turned out to be a home away from home.

I am with My Love for this trip. We booked our stay at the Rosy’s Guesthouse. They arranged a tuktuk to pick us up at the airport. It was raining the night of June 4 when we arrived. Our flight was delayed for 30 minutes (yes, it’s Cebu Pacific Airlines) but still the tuktuk was there waiting for us. On our way to the town, the tuktuk driver offered to take us to the temples the next day for $15 for the Grand Tour. The Grand Tour takes the route for Angkor Thom, Preah Khan, Neak Poan, and Bantay Kdei.

“The Bayon Temple”

Phimeanakas

As for food, the restaurants around the temples are overpriced. A meal cost $4 and a 1.5 litre water cost $1-$2. After the tour which took all day, we went to the Old Market to eat dinner. The prices for a fried rice ranges from $1.50-$2. The 1.5 litre mineral water is $0.50.

My favorite restaurant at the Pub Street is Easy Speaking. My fave dish there is the Phnom Pleung together with an Angkor Draft Beer. It’s $7 for the Single Deglutition that has 3 meats – bacon, beef and crocodile. We had the bacon changed to chicken since we don’t eat pork. For $13 dollars, you can get the Couple Deglutition that is for two person which has 5 meats – beef, chicken, crocodile, snake and shrimp. The Phnom Pleung comes with a serving of rice and noodles.

To be continued…

Phnom Pleung Madness

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Eat like a local, that I must do.

Pardon my absence. I am still mustering every ounce of my soberness to edit every photo worth posting. I just thought you guys should know, I am in love with Siem Reap and I am hoping to spend more time there in the future. I am currently in Hanoi finally after a 12 hours bus ride from Cambodia and an hour and 45 minutes plane ride. I am off to a Ha Long Bay cruise later so till then!

Watch out for my update lovelies!


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9 days to go

I am almost set for my adventure!

2 weeks worth

Above is my “Two Weeks worth of Clothing without Washing”. My Love taught me to pack everything in ziplocks which is pretty neat and organize. Here’s the rundown:

  • Swimwear
  • 2 tank tops
  • a sports bra
  • 2 shorts
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 v-neck shirts
  • 4 colorful graphic shirts

The bag dilemma is over as well. I was able to ask my father for a new bag. Say Hello to my day old Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL bag or just simply “D”.

My New Baby

 

I know I’m bound to lessen the things I’m bringing in the next few days. For now, here’s everything I will call mine and home for the month of June.

Everything

 

Grumpy Old

Today isn’t really the best day of my life.

I have been sulking all day, carrying a burden that has been causing me a lot of stress these past few days. How did I deal with it? For starters, I have been very mean to everyone and I think, even to myself. I tried to drown the feelings with work but efforts were hopeless.

My dilemma is:

“I am leaving the country in exactly two weeks and I don’t have enough money for food, transportation and emergency.”

I have tried everything I can, sold everything I have and asked for help from some friends yet results are futile. My current situation made me realize that most travel blogs forget to mention the hard part of traveling, in example, that budgeting is very hard and planning a trip can turn your world upside down. I am literally on the verge right now. Flights are ready and some of the hostels I’m staying are paid in half or full, all I have to do is to be there. Problem lies is when I get there.

What will I eat? How can I get from the airport to the hostel I will be staying  that is 18 miles apart? 

Added dilemma is I don’t have a waterproof bag to take. The Samsonite bag I was supposed to take was ruined by the person I lent it to.

Everything’s not going as I imagined it in my head. I’m still hoping for the better.

Little Dreamer,

Erika Louise

PS. Happy 1st Anniversary to moi!

Anniversary Greetings

Rattrapper Le Temps Perdu

MRT Taft Avenue Station

2013 has been good to me, so far.

I started the year by getting my dream job.  I was stagnant for a month. Truth be told, the search was frustrating but it lead me to an opportunity that is very promising but different from the job I want.

The Office

 

Come February, I became a working girl. I work regular shifts, dress in corporate attire and deal with irate clients. Payday came and I was ready to cash out my paycheck when the ATM machine decided to restart and it ended up debiting my whole paycheck. I recovered my money after a week. All in all, work is work.

Coffee

While I was gone here, I reconnected with a past lover, Brewed Coffee. My heart palpitated after 5 cups and since then, I swore not  to drink or even think about it ever again.

Moi

 

So that’s me and what I was doing with my life these past few months.  My contract for the company I’m working is due to terminate at the end of the month.

Oh, what to do next?

 

 

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

This is a very late post, but I hope this will do. The gorgeous lady of I Quit My Job and Moved to Guam, Ms. Antonia Deira, gave me this award and I will forever be grateful for this.

THE RULES

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME

  • I have a collection of the classic Disney movies. I love watching them with my baby dog.
  • I love traveling to new places. I love the feeling of uncertainty, the thrill, the adrenaline.
  • I love reading books. It keeps me sane.
  • I want to be a professional photographer, among other things.
  • I am a pen addict. I never leave a bookstore without a pen.
  • I prefer blue roses and Halloween.
  • Lipstick. Google it.

MY NOMINEES

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Happy 2013 to all of you!